Old Ledbury in Photographs
Local Life In The 20th Century

1896 - 1980 A Retrospect Tilleys Almanack


The weather throughout the year was very unseasonable, with but little summer. The crops in the district, although late, were on the whole fairly good; the hop crop was uncertain, but very good in some places, and high prices were realized as compared with recent years. The trade of the town was, like the country generally, depressed throughout the year, caused chiefly through the lack of employment. May the result of the General Election, now close at hand, cause an improvement in this respect!


The heavy rains at the end of November continued almost incessantly till after the middle of December causing immense floods and great damage throughout the country. This, coupled with the fact that the General Election was going on, was a great hindrance to the usual December trade.


May 1912 be bright and prosperous to the Town and Trade of Ledbury, and the inhabitants generally.

1912 Tilleys Almanack for 1913 Missing ( Contact HARC )

1913 Tilleys Almanack for 1914 Missing ( Contact HARC )

1914 World War One - Not printed.


1915 Opened with the European War at its height, and the first day of the New Year was heralded by the bad news of the sinking by submarine of the British Battleship Formidable. This was followed later by a Zeppelin raid on the East Coast, when considerable damage to property was done. The position in France and Belgium remained about the same. At the end of the month there was another attempted raid on the East Coast by the enemies' Battleships, but they were discovered in time by our Fleet, and a fierce battle ensued, which ended in the sinking of a German War-ship and Torpedo Boats, and severe damage to other Warships, but with very little damage to the British Boats.

1916 World War One - Not printed.

1917 World War One - Not printed.

1918 World War One - Not printed.

1919 Tilleys Almanack for 1920 No Retrospect

1920 Tilleys Almanack for 1921 No Retrospect

1920 THE VISITORS’ Illustrated Guide to Ledbury and neighbourhood BY Ellen F. TILLEY

1921 Tilleys Almanack for 1922 No Retrospect

1922 Tilleys Almanack for 1923 No Retrospect

1923 Tilleys Almanack for 1924 Missing ( Contact HARC ) Possibly No Retrospect

1924 Tilleys Almanack for 1925 Missing ( Contact HARC ) Possibly No Retrospect

1925 Tilleys Almanack for 1926 No Retrospect

1926 Tilleys Almanack for 1927 No Retrospect

1927 Tilleys Almanack for 1928 No Retrospect


THIS YEAR we are publishing in brief chronological order the principal events which have gone to make up the history of this district during the past year. The inclusion in the Almanack of this feature will, we feel sure, meet with the approval of our numerous readers.

In briefly reviewing the past year, it may be remarked that after one of the most severe winters experienced for a number of years, conditions showed a tendency to improve towards Easter, and ideal summer weather prevailed until well into the autumn with but veryslight breaks. The scarcity of rain through the summer months was, at times, somewhat of a problem for the agriculturist.

Crops generally throughout the district were quite up to, if not more than, the average, with the exception of hops, which were an unusually light crop.

The outstanding items of interest during the year were, undoubtedly, the visit of the Herefordshire Regiment to the town early in May and the Hospital Carnival and Pageant on August Bank Holiday. It is a long time since the streets of the old town presented such an animated appearance as they did on these two occasions.


THE FLIGHT OF TIME brings us within measurable distance of the close of another year, and also to that period when we record a summary of the events that have transpired since the last issue of THE LEDBURY ALMANACK, which will doubtless serve the purpose of recalling many pleasant functions in which our readers have taken part.

The year 1929 was characterised by Arctic weather in the early months, when abnormal degrees of frost were registered for several weeks; during spring and summer, the longest drought for something like a century; and the wettest November recorded for half-a-century.

December was ushered in by a series of storms and gales – spoken of as the worst in living memory - when everywhere there were signs of the month’s record of storm damage; ships wrecked, ocean liners driven out of their course, cables damaged at sea; and on land, buildings blown down, roads blocked by fallen trees, telegraphic and telephonic lines put out of action, vast areas devastated and towns and villages isolated by floods. These incidents paint a picture which, happily, we rarely see.

With the dawn of another New Year we now look forward to a brighter and more prosperous period in the history of the ancient little town of Ledbury.


AS THE YEAR 1930 draws rapidly to a close, we hasten to record our memories of events in the district since the last issue of THE LEDBURY ALMANACK; a day-to-day diary of almost-forgotten happenings which are nevertheless interesting to recall.

Locally, outstanding features of the year were at a minimum. The largest assemblage was undoubtedly recorded at the Waifs and Strays Society’s Carnival at Eastnor Castle on Whit Monday and Tuesday, and falling little short of this, the crowd of sight-seers that were attracted by the novel events at the British Legion fete and flower show on the Pound Meadow on the ever-popular August Bank Holiday.

Crops generally throughout the district were mostly over the average, and in certain classes of fruit the crops were so prolific that markets were glutted to an unprecedented extent, supplies exceeding the demand by a wide margin.


THE WHEEL of Life and Time has made another revolution and we are approaching the festive season, which, among other things is marked by the 58th yearly issue of THE LEDBURY ALMANACK.

The memory of 1931 will long remain green among agriculturists for it was one of the most difficult and worrying seasons experienced by even the oldest farmer. Widespread havoc was caused to crops in the district by the continuous rains during the summer, which was the wettest and coldest for over a century.

In August a crisis in the financial affairs of the nation; the turmoil of a General Election in October; huge numbers of unemployed workers throughout the country, numbers that easily constituted a record over any previous year; those were the outstanding features of the remarkable year 1931.

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1941 - 1980 coming soon

1897 - 1980 A Retrospect Tilleys Almanacks - Herefordshire History
2021 - Transcribed by Lynne ROBINSON, Donna GORIN, Janet MEREDITH, Jo EDGE.

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